Due to the coronavirus outbreak, City Hall is closed to the public. In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.20, new marriage licenses are available via video-conference. See this document for instructions. You may request a copy of your marriage certificate by mail; see instructions below. All other transactions should be done by mail. Please email [email protected] with questions. This page will be updated when City Hall reopens, or you can sign up for the Mayor’s email list to be notified via email.
The Office of the City Clerk issues marriage licenses daily, Monday through Friday, with an appointment. You can call 518-279-7134 or email the Clerk’s Office at [email protected] to schedule an appointment. Plan to spend up to 30 minutes for processing. You can download the Marriage License Application from this page, or pick two up at the City Clerk’s office in person. If you print this page prior to coming to the office, please print two but do not sign them beforehand. Bring original or certified copies of all required documents.
New York State law requires an ID and Original Birth Record. You must have one item from each of the groups below:
Group 1 – Driver’s License, Valid Passport, or Employment Picture ID (No Benefit Cards)
- If your Birth Certificate is from another country, it must be translated into English and notarized as certified.
Group 2 – Original sealed Birth Certificate, Baptismal Record with date of birth, or Naturalization Record with date of birth.
Group 3 – If previously married, for each prior marriage: a certified copy of the divorce decree with the judge’s signature or a sealed certificate of death for a deceased spouse. Divorce papers are filed with the county clerk; if you need a certified copy, contact the county clerk of the county in which you obtained your divorce.
There is a $40.00 fee which includes the license and a certificate of marriage. The fee is payable via cash or check at the City Clerk’s Office. Checks should be made out to Troy City Clerk. No refunds will be given once the license is issued.
The license you receive has a New York State mandated 24-hour waiting period before it may be used and is valid for 59 days thereafter. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for this license without parental consent and both parties to this marriage must appear in person in the Office of the City Clerk to sign the license. Licenses obtained in the City of Troy may be used anywhere in New York State.
Copy of Marriage Certificate
Marriage records are on file in the municipality where the license was originally applied for, not where the ceremony took place (e.g., if a couple obtained a license in Albany and had the ceremony in Troy; the record would be on file in Albany).
If you obtained your marriage license from this office, you can get a copy of your marriage certificate in person at the Clerk’s office or have one mailed to you. Bring or send a copy of your driver’s license, a check for $10.00 made payable to the Troy City Clerk, you and your spouse’s full names at the time of marriage, and the date of your marriage to Troy City Clerk, 433 River Street, Troy, NY 12180. Include a phone number in case we have questions, and the address where you would like the certificate to be mailed. Upon receipt of this information, we will provide a certified copy of the marriage certificate.
To obtain a copy of a marriage certificate you must be one of the spouses or have a documented judicial or other proper purpose or a New York State Court Order. If you hold Power of Attorney for one of the spouses, you must provide a copy of your Power of Attorney with your request. All other requests should be submitted via the genealogy form (see next section).
The City Clerk’s office performs genealogy searches for marriages only. If you require searches for Birth or Death records you must contact the Office of Vital Records at (518) 279-7309 or visit their web page.
Marriage Records date back to November of 1881, and a transcript—not an original copy—can be provided for the records we have. A Genealogical Services Application must be filled out and accompanied by a check for $22.00 for each search. Checks should be made payable to the Troy City Clerk. Mail the application and payment to the City Clerk’s office, 433 River Street, Troy, NY 12180 or you may drop the request off at the Clerk’s office. We ask that one week be given to complete the search. Please note that the fee covers the cost of the search, not the cost of the record. The fee still applies even if the record was not found.
If you are unsure where in New York State the license was filed, contact the New York State Department of Health.
New York State law states that a marriage may be solemnized by “a clergyman or minister of any religion.” Officiants do not need to register with any government entity in the city, county, or state.
If you prefer to have a civil (non-religious) ceremony, you can schedule an appointment at the following locations:
Brunswick Town Hall (518) 279-3461, Ext 113 or 119
East Greenbush Town Hall (518) 477-2005, Ext 5
Hoosick Town Hall (518) 686-4571, Ext 3
Hoosick Falls Town Hall (518) 686-7072, Ext 4
Nassau Town Hall (518) 766-2343, Ext 4
North Greenbush Town Hall (518) 283-2789, Ext 5
Pittstown Town Hall (518) 753-4222, Ext 305
Poestenkill Town Hall (518) 283-5100, Ext 105
Rensselaer County Family Court (518) 453-5515
Sand Lake Town Hall (518) 674-3033
Schaghticoke Town Hall (518) 753-6915, Ext 106 or 107
Schodack Town Hall (518) 477-7918
Troy City Court Judge (518) 453-5930
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office via email at [email protected] or via phone at (518) 279-7134.